Game 3 Recap: Cubs 11, Astros 6

W - Ted Lilly (1-0)
L - Brian Moehler (0-1)

Box Score

In the spirit of Passover, we begin tonight's recap by asking, why is this night different from all other nights?

The answer:

Tonight the Cubs sent nine men to the plate in each of the first two innings, building a lead so large, it allowed Ted Lilly to throw his own personal game of Home Run Derby and still win his first game of the season.

Details after the jump.

The Good:

  • The hits just kept on coming—Fukudome had four safeties (including a 2B and HR); Ramirez had four (including a 2B); and Soriano, Fontenot, and Theriot had two each
  • Did I mention that Kosuke "First Pitch" Fukudome had four hits? The first three all resulted from first-pitch swings, an interesting shift in approach from a guy who ranked second in the NL last season in pitches seen per plate appearance (4.29)
  • Anthony Michael Hall lookalike David Patton made his Major League debut and after serving up a home run ball to Hunter Pence, the 23-year-old Patton mowed down six Astros in a row, including Lance Berkman on a three-pitch strikeout that featured a 95 mph fastball, an 82-mph breaking ball, and an 85-mph curveball for the kill
  • Still looking for his first Cub hit, Milton Bradley nonetheless managed to reach base four times, via 3 walks and an HBP
  • Carlos Marmol and Angel Guzman each delivered another strong inning in relief

The Bad:

  • Lilly gave up 4 HR in just 5 IP; this spring he gave up 5 HR in just 11 IP. Yes, the wind was howling to centerfield tonight and Arizona has thin air, but that's a damn lot of home runs
  • Derrek Lee went 1-for-6 with three strikeouts
  • Alfonso Soriano got thrown out at first on a play in which Miguel Tejada double-clutched not once, but twice (four clutches total); somebody's wheels just aren't what they used to be
  • The Cubs will not get to hit against Brian Moehler and Russ Ortiz every night for the rest of the season

Comments

Any chance anyone has decent tickets for the April 19th Sunday night game against the Cardinals? I am profoundly sorry if I am violating protocol, but I have come up with bupkus in all my other attempts to get tix.

It will be part of my Honeymoon, and I am hoping to secure some tickets before I get to Chicago.

Thanks for tolerating this post.

Don't have tix for you but others have posted requests before, so it shouldn't be any problem for you to ask.

Milton Bradley is going for the Guiness Book of World Records for most runs scored by a guy with a .000 batting average.

"Lilly gave up 4 HR in just 5 IP; this spring he gave up 5 HR in just 11 IP. Yes, the wind was howling to centerfield tonight and Arizona has thin air, but that's a damn lot of home runs"

Did Houston move to Arizona and I missed it? :D

(He's talking about Spring Training games as well as last night's game in Houston.)

Anyone happen to hear Bruce Miles on The Score this morning? Wondered if he had any Soto update?

I did.

He had nothing except it might be a trip to the dl or day to day. He said the Cubs can survive Hill for awhile and it's still early.

Looking at the picture of Milo, I want to punch him in his face.

It is early and the division is weak and the Cubs have good offensive support around him, but hope we don't have to live with Hill for very long. I think by the end of the year, we will be hoping for the days of having a backup catcher as "good" as Paul Bako. I hope the Cubs are cautious with Soto and maybe sit him out the 3 games in MIL this weekend, but just don't make this a thing where he is out for a month due to pushing him.

hill will be lucky to get 200-250ab. if that hurts the team in any way hill would have to run into an unreal stretch of bad luck.

and what can bako do that hill cant...maybe hit a couple more homers or a few more doubles?

and what can bako do that hill cant...maybe hit a couple more homers or a few more doubles?

Doubtful...

Completely agree. I looked for a while and this was the most punchable shot I could come up with.

Man, as much of a cockgobbler as he is, I just can't even imagine myself punching a frail old man in the face. He looks like he would just shatter like he was frozen in liquid nitrogen or something.

Hawkeye:

I have 4 for 4/19, upper deck box. I'm going Saturday. Let me know!

I wish mlb.tv would get the kinks out. I only caught the last half of the game last night and wanted to catch the highlights from the first part, but the links to the archived game and the video highlights bring you to nothing. I opened gameday and tried to watch the video highlights in that and the only one they have is, get this, Pence's home run. Just dumb.

It's pretty tough to deliver archived games, condensed games, and highlights when whole innings are missing from the video streams. I wonder how much of these problems are due to lack of cooperation from Microsoft. MLB.com switched their media streaming contract from Silverlight to Flash and now I understand both sides are in court.

3 seasons in a row it has been that way. First 2 weeks or so they work the new stuff in, with all the new subscribers jamming the servers as well. I had a 85% good view last night. I figured the requirements would be higher so I bought a new computer to watch the games, and the picture quality is already 100% better/bigger than last year. But the jumping at times and freezing, just have to be patient while the nerd herd works on it since this is the first year almost everything is available high def. Len and Bob were good!

Normally I'm blacked out from all Astros games (doesn't bother me unless they play the Cubs) but for some reason they let me watch. Also surprised they didn't raise the price of MLB TV. All in all, a good deal since I get to watch our division opponents as well and "scout."

I am using a 6 yr old laptop, and was able to follow the Cards/Pirates game while in Parachat with no problems. Are those of you having trouble watching multiple games?

I have been completely fine in games so far. I have a fast internet connection and new laptop. I've also been able to select the away feed for games even though I haven't paid for premium. My only problems are the day after the games, I can't access any highlights or archived games on the website.

If I remember correctly, MLB.com is run by a former Golden Gopher...no BADgers are going to get a good mlb.tv experience (insert villainous laughter)

most cable/sat providers are running the free MLB package this week so if you can't get online to watch there you go.

Loved the pop off Aramis' bat. Loved seeing Fukudome being aggressive in his zone, patient outside it. Loved Bradley contributing despite not getting a hit.

Boy - lots of new faces coming here. Wondering if the rainbows and roses at Al's site is just too much to take? Oh, and the constant chatter of non-baseball-related crap.

Not sure if I'm among the perceived new faces, but I've been lurking these parts since before MVP, John Hill, Alec and the all-baseball days. Back when Ruz got excited about baseball again.

Anyway, I like to only chime in when I can improve on the current conversation. Though I'm not usually successful at that. : )

I think I'm just a little excited as I've started paying for my television service for the first time in many years. So I can actually see all the games now. Crazy. I'll miss the radio guys, but I can't deny my enthusiasm.

Sad news the Angels SP Nick Adenhart was killed in a car crash hours after he pitched.

Nick Adenhart killed in car crash after game.

He was 22.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/04/09/angels-starting-pitc...

This is truly sad...

Utter fucking waste. What a downer.

There were two other people in the car with Adenhart that are also dead. I hope for the sake of the Angels it's no one else associated with the team.

Who else would he be hanging out with after a game, though? How many people can he know in Orange County in his very short time there?

Fingers crossed.

Very, very sad news for the Angels and the Adenhart family.

This article has a picture of the car, completely fucked up.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4055343

And not surprising, fucking drunk driver who was driving with a suspended license for driving drunk before.

what the hell...oh man.

dude was a 14th round pick who OMG'd his way up the system. this spring he showed enough command over his stuff to break with the team as a starter...the 2 injuries helped a bit, too.

just wow...

is harden actually starting tomorrow? I thought they were going to wait a while

On pace for...

Theriot - .615 BA
Bradley - 0 hits, 216 BB
Ramirez - 270 RBI
Soriano - 108 HR, 108 RBI
Lilly - 32 - 0, 9.00 ERA, 130 HR

GO RIOT! :)

It seemed to me that Moehler actually had decent stuff, at least in the first inning.

Silverlight is a hideous technology.

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  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 4 hours 27 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 5 hours 1 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 57 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 59 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 9 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 8 hours 52 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 13 hours 37 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 13 hours 38 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 23 hours 20 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago view